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Lake District attractions’ starring role in Channel 5 programme with Susan Calman

Comedian Susan Calman will take Channel 5 viewers on a tour of the Lake District on Friday.

The Scottish stand-up comic and radio panel show favourite will be exploring Cumbria in Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out from 8pm.

Starting at Ullswater alongside her trusty campervan Helen, the presenter finds herself exploring everything the county has to offer, as well as delving deep into the landscape’s heritage and culture.

The national park’s scenery plays a starring role, with Susan experiencing Ullswater from the deck of the 19th century Lady of the Lake alongside Ullswater ‘Steamers’ skipper Graeme Connacher.

She also takes a trip on the La’al Ratty railway, in its new panoramic viewing cabin.

“It was fantastic to welcome Susan to the Lake District earlier in the autumn” said Rachel Bell, head of marketing and business development at Lake District Estates, which owns Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

She added: “It’s been a year like no other but the desire to explore and experience the Cumbrian landscape is stronger than ever, and what better way than from the deck of a ‘steamer’ and a traditional railway carriage?

“Both have been firm tourist favourites for hundreds of years and Friday’s programme highlights just some of the many experiences available for visitors to enjoy in the future when restrictions are lifted.”

Susan also takes a step back in time, exploring the grounds and castle at Muncaster – famous not only for their setting and history but also their ghostly connection.

Alongside castle owner Peter Frost-Pennington she delves deep into the spooky history of Tom Skelton, the fool of Muncaster rumoured to still haunt its walls to this day.

Gill Haigh, Cumbria Tourism managing director said: “We know how much our visitors can’t wait to return to the Lake District, Cumbria, and the hospitality sector will welcome them with open arms once the time is right. In the meantime, it’s fantastic to see our county so well-represented onscreen.

“As well as offering a scenic fix for those unable to visit in person the programme showcases the huge variety of locations and attractions available for visitors to explore later in the year.

“We’re sure that many will be inspired to get outside and enjoy somewhere new alongside old favourites once they’re able to travel safely and legally.”

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